Crafted by the sea, famous for its surf, Cornwall’s rugged coastline is undeniably one of its biggest draws – but there’s more than just spectacular beaches (although there are plenty of those) to this county. During your cottage holiday you’ll also discover a rich industrial past, thriving food culture (we’re talking more than cracking pasties), brilliant creative scene and see that the Cornish are cut from a different cloth.
If you’re looking to escape to Cornwall for a cottage break, chances are you’re keen to either stay near one of its 300-plus aforementioned beaches or inland, tucked away somewhere rugged and rural. Roughly split into four areas, here’s what you can expect from Cornwall.
The northern coast of Cornwall, from Bude to Perranporth, is especially suited to families looking for a quintessential coastal cottage break. Great options include tranquil spots such as St Agnes and Boscastle, the fishing village of Port Isaac and the activity-packed Watergate Bay (name a beach sport, it’s got it). The gem, however, is of course Newquay, where you’ll find sand, surf and scenic views aplenty.
In contrast to the north, the southern coast of Cornwall is a bit more varied. One obvious distinction being Truro – the only city you’ll find in the county. Another is the Roseland Heritage Coast, a quiet expanse of rolling farmland and sheltered bays. Beyond that, be sure to visit the Eden Project in St Austell, Pendennis Castle in Falmouth and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park in Rame.
From the extremities of Land’s End and Lizard’s Point and the culture of Penzance and St. Ives – think Barbara Hepworth Museum and Tate St. Ives – to the mines of Redruth and Camborne, a cottage holiday in west Cornwall offers an inimitable look at Kernow’s (as the locals say) distinctive culture. Make time for the beaches of Mullion, St Michael’s Mount in Mousehole and, just off the coast, the magical Isles of Scilly.
Stay in central Cornwall and swap the charms of the coast for a more pastoral countryside experience. In Bodmin, one of the county’s oldest towns, learn about the Cornish Rebellion of 1497, while in Liskeard hear stories about tin mining.
Whether you’re after a place with a log fire or hot tub (why not both?), remember to do your research before booking your cottage.
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